I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Send My Son to Daycare When I’m Not Working

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Please welcome Kristen for this week's I'm Not a Bad Mom. If you would like to submit your own story, please check out info here. My husband and I both work full-time.  There is no way around that.  We have a mortgage, car loans, student loans, credit card debt...the list of expenses go on … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Switched From Breastfeeding to Formula

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Please welcome Kendra to the blog today for the newly relaunched I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. This series will run weekly on Thursdays and if you'd like to submit a piece, please see details here.  My son was born in April of 2012. When I was pregnant, I was determined to do everything “right”. I … [Read more...]

Postpartum Progress: Kicking PPD Ass for 10 Years!

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Its easy to feel alone when you're in the midst of postpartum depression. Isolated, insecure, anxious, paranoid. You feel like something is fundamentally wrong with you...like no one in the world will understand...like no one will be able to help you. Its heartbreaking to be in that pit when you see … [Read more...]

Escape Into Outlander

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I've been somewhat depressed, and when I am, I read. I honestly don't know if its self care or a way for me to withdraw and escape. But I really love reading, and its a relatively new phenomenon. OK, not new exactly, but its only been something I've enjoyed in my adulthood. I credit my love of … [Read more...]

Social Media Silence

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Yesterday both my mom and my friend Angel (who I met at last year's Overnight Walk, see pic) messaged me asking if I was OK. And I am...OK. I guess my last blog post about things I hate about mental illness and my "social media silence" as Angel put it were signs to them. I can feel a lack of … [Read more...]

10 Things I Hate About Mental Illness

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I'm not ashamed to have mental illness, but it does really suck to have it...for lots of reasons. Can you relate? I know I'm not alone here. So many things to contend with and fight against on a daily basis. There are days I want to scream, or cry, or maybe both. So what are 10 things I … [Read more...]

Spontaneous Combustion

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I always burn out after a big event. Sometimes I think of it as a hangover, but this year its definite burnout. So its taken me several days to write this. After months of fundraising and planning, last weekend was the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk, bringing suicide … [Read more...]

My Illness Lies and I Can’t Help But Listen

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A couple nights ago I had the worst headache of my life. OK, maybe not the worst. I get headaches a lot and sometimes they're bad. But this one seriously made me want to vomit. I couldn't fall asleep and just wanted to cry, and since I've been spacey and not myself. But honestly, I'm pretty sure I … [Read more...]

Healthy Habits for Women’s Health #HerHealth #shop

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When I think of women's health of course mental health comes to mind. It's what I do after all. But its not just about those of us diagnosed with a mental illness. Mental health is so much bigger, and when it comes to all women, particularly moms, it takes on a whole new meaning. All of us lose … [Read more...]

Guest Post: PTSD and the Abused Child now Mother

TRIGGER WARNING: Child abuse and post traumatic stress disorder. Child abuse crisis information can be found at  www.childhelp.org/pages/hotline-home. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is 800-4-A-CHILD … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health {On the Move}

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This Sunday, May 11th, Postpartum Progress--the world's most widely read blog about perinatal and postpartum mood disorders--is  hosting its 6th annual Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health. 24 letters to new moms, one posted each hour on the hour, from women who have been there. I'm honored to … [Read more...]

Tips to Make the Most of a Conference When You Have Social Anxiety

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I have social anxiety, and too much stress–even good stress–makes me shut down. Have you ever felt that way? Over the last few years as I’ve attended blogging conferences, I’ve learned a few things about how to better manage my mental health and boost my confidence, and honestly to also maximize … [Read more...]

Honoring Loved Ones Lost

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Next month I'll be walking in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Seattle. And I'd like to honor your loved ones lost to suicide. Last year in DC I walked wearing this shirt. I'll be honoring these beautiful very-loved people again this year but have been given a few more names and plan to … [Read more...]

2014 Seattle Mom Prom, The Ultimate Ladies Night to Benefit Postpartum Support International

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. Who's going to Seattle Mom Prom!? I've gone the past 3 years and it is a BLAST and for a great cause! The Seattle Mom Prom  is a benefit to celebrate and honor moms.  It is a super-fun evening of drinks, desserts and dancing--the ultimate ladies night out!  While this is a ladies only event, it … [Read more...]

My story is not over; and neither is yours.

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A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended; but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life. Today is April 16th, which is the day of the Semi Colon Project. A day when those who have struggled with grief, or been suicidal, or self harmed, or lived with a broken … [Read more...]